Going Shogunby Ernie Lindsey
The remains of society live within a divisive caste system, under the almighty, oppressive rule of The Board. Their Ultimate Directive is to Preserve Control, and it's maintained by a nearly omniscient, high-tech crime unit patrolling every street. They're called Board Agents, and everybody knows, you don't go up against a Board
On paper, their plan was simple...
The remains of society live within a divisive caste system, under the almighty, oppressive rule of The Board. Their Ultimate Directive is to Preserve Control, and it's maintained by a nearly omniscient, high-tech crime unit patrolling every street. They're called Board Agents, and everybody knows, you don't go up against a Board Agent, and you don't test the authority of The Board.
That is, everyone except two desperate waiters named Forklift and Brick. They work at a restaurant called Wishful Thinking, where the top secret recipes for exotic dishes (like Chocolate Pumpkin Veal Mini Muffins and Sushi Yogurt) are so highly coveted that customers resort to bribery and begging like children.
Forklift and Brick concoct a foolish scheme to steal and sell the recipes on an extremely illegal, black market website called RollerNinja. But, when their plans are demolished by the discovery of a murdered hacker, they're forced into a fast-paced adventure through the city's seedy underground where they must find an answer to the ultimate question: Who's really in Control?
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Ernie Lindsey grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, herding cattle and chopping firewood, and has spent his life telling stories to anyone that will listen. He has worked as a professional writer in some form for the past decade and now lives in Bend, OR with his wife Sarah and their six-toed Hemingway cat, Luna.
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Going Shogun is a white knuckle roller coaster ride through an almost comic book dystopia. It was like Brave New World and 1984 got slapped upside the head with a heap of Catcher in the Rye and Marvel Comics. It's humorous and witty, but sophisticated on another level. Mr. Lindsey has a way of turning prose into an almost visual art. The characters are almost unbelievable, except he just simply makes you believe. You get into the heart, mind, and soul of the protagonist, and his com-padres. He paints a picture with his words, to the extent that you feel like you are right there, as if sitting in a theater watching the book unfold before you. He throws enough references to our popular culture, and history, that he makes you feel like this our future. Maybe it is. Honestly, the first chapters or two are a little heavy, but it's absolutely necessary for the setting, much like the starting gate of a roller coaster. However, as it ramps up to speed, it takes twist and turns, races to the top, drops to the ground, and comes back fighting for more. In the end it finishes with a big loop de loop that'll leave you reeling. If you are a fan of Orwell, Huxley, or Bradbury, or just plain good romp, then you absolutely will not be disappointed with Going Shogun. You'll probably even beg your friends to read it.
You are either going to really get a kick out this book or hate it. Lindsey has put an enormous amount of energy into creating a strange and lighthearted dystopia. The world sucks, but everyone finds a way to make it work for themselves. It was tough going to at first, but sticking with the story was worth the effort. One of the main characters, “Brick” has created a language that no one understands, even you dear listener. Can that get annoying? You bet. But keep going and you will understand, eventually. The plot is purposefully ridiculous. Three losers are bent on stealing the recipes to the wildly popular restaurant where they work(ed). But as the plot unfolds, you the listener, learn that Going Shogun is not really about that at all; it is love story and a bromance. Which clearly saves the book. This is a book about young people stuck in their parents’ nightmare society. How do they fit in, how can they make it their own? It is funny, and gently poignant. Something like Generation X in the 21st Century. Lindsey has clearly stuck his neck out, you will either bend forward and give him a kiss or take a whack with a sword. The narration is by DJ Holte who does an outstanding job. All the characters are clearly differentiated. They sound like what you would expect. His range is wide and he brings a lighthearted dystopia to life without a flaw. One can sense the possibility of a sequel or a series based on the characters or plot. There isn’t one as of this writing. But if you enjoy this book, you will likely want to continue on. Ernie Lidsey has a distinctive style and unique way of describing his imaginative worlds. Humor and dystopian science fiction do go together. Audiobook provided for review by the narrator. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
I read Alot. Tons. So with all that I am, I say thank you Mr author. What a wild read, a gas. (Couldn't help the linguistic envy, I am green)
I've never read another author that has so much diversity from one book to another. Its like reading different authors except his magic with chacter development and pulling you into the joy ride of his story telling remains the same. I am so grateful to Mr. Lindsey for his generousity in putting so many of his books out there for free. That is how I found out about him and why I know that the money I plan on spending to acquire all of his books I can get my hands on will be well spent.Anyone out there who lives for that next satisfying read check out Mr. Lindsey and you won't be disappointed.
It makes no sense & skips from one unlikely paragraph to the next---- I couldn't get past the first chapter.